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Preparation tips, syllabus and best books for UGC NET paper 1

Updated on 05 October 2020
Anuj Jindal
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Updated on 05 October 2020

Paper 1 of the UGC NET Exam is organized in order to test a candidate’s teaching aptitude, analytical and logical reasoning along with various other important factors required in the professions of lectureship. Doing good in paper 1 is not only limited to clearing cut off marks but can also give you advantage over other candidates by maximizing your overall score.

Also Read: Complete information of UGC NET exam

Paper pattern of UGC NET paper 1

  1. The paper will be online in CBT mode.
  2. This paper contains 50 questions from about 10 different topics. Each topic questions have equal number of weightages i.e. 5 questions from a single topic.
  3. A total of 60 minutes is allotted for this paper.
  4. There is no negative marking.
  5. Each question carries equal marks (+2).
  6. The questions will be objective in nature having multiple choice answers.

Syllabus of UGC NET Paper 1

Teaching Aptitude

Teaching: Nature, Objective, Characteristics and basic requirements.

Learners Characteristics

Factors affecting teaching

Methods of teaching

Teaching aids

Evaluation systems

Research Aptitude

Research: Meaning, characteristic and types

Steps of research

Methods of research

Research Ethics

Paper, article, workshop, Seminar, conference and symposium

Thesis writing, its characteristics and format.

Reading Comprehension

A passage to be set with questions to be answered.


Communication: Nature, Characteristics, types, barriers and effective classroom communication.


Number Series

Letter Series




Logical Reasoning

Understanding the structure of arguments

Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning

Verbal analogies: Word Analogy-Applied analogy

Verbal classification

Reasoning Logical Diagrams: Simple Diagrammatic relationship, Multi diagrammatic relationship

Venn diagram, Analytical reasoning.

Data Interpretation

Sources, acquisition and interpretation of data

Quantitative and qualitative data

Graphical representation and mapping of data

Information and communication Technology (ICT)

ICT: Meaning, advantages, disadvantages and uses

General abbreviations and terminology

Basics of internet and e-mailing

People and Environment

People and environment interaction

Sources of pollution

Pollutants and their impact on human life, exploitation of natural energy resources

Natural hazards and mitigation

Higher Education system

Structure of institutions, Formal and distance education, professional/technical and general education

Value education

Governance, polity and administration

Concept, institutions and their interactions

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Preparation strategy for beginner of UGC NET

Start off with books and study materials. You can go through the above suggested books for paper 1. Read one book thoroughly and mark important points. Solve the questions and exercises given at the end of each chapter. In addition to reading books get your hands on some online study material for UGC NET. Online study materials are extensive compilation of the best notes and books. Each topic is maintained in such a way that it covers all the aspects of a topic. Moreover, these online study materials are helpful for paper 2 as well.

  1. It is advised to study teaching and research part in depth as these two topics are tougher than the rest. A student can start off by buying a separate book teaching and research from among the one’s mentioned above. Teaching aptitude is mostly theoretical therefore it is wise to read through ready made notes.
  2. Solve as many questions as you can from research topics including types of research as exploratory, fundamental, historical and experimental research.
  3. A candidate may revise basic mathematical concepts asked in the paper from class X books. For Reasoning, logical reasoning and data interpretation Quantitative aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal is recommended.
  4. Maintain Flash cards of abbreviations and terminology for Information and communicating technology.
  5. Pay close attention to basic communication framework and organizational communications by following the prescribed books.
  6. Practice Comprehension techniques by solving questions from various bank PO examinations.
  7. Topics under people and environment should be read from class X NECRT books.
  8. Higher Education System: For this topic, follow government related schemes, Latest changes in administration and governance of higher education in India.

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